Most people know that our metabolisms slow with age-- but did you know that the average woman gains one and a half pounds per year? A little math tells us that is about 40 lbs by the age of 50. But staying healthy, fit, and feeling good won't come from food deprivation-- instead, focus on these 8 tricks to keep your metabolism healthy and active.
1. Eat Enough
While we all tend to focus on not eating too much, it's very important to eat enough. Under-eating will cause your body to put the breaks on your metabolism, slowing down your ability to burn calories. Furthermore, losing too much weight will also cause you to break down muscle and other fibers that aid in your ability to burn off what you eat!
2. Eat Enough Protein
Try to have some form of protein with every meal-- lean meats, nuts, eggs, legumes are all great. Protein aids in your body's ability to form muscles, which in turn helps you burn off excess energy.
3. Eat Breakfast
Eating breakfast kick starts your day, keeps you from over indulging later, and aids in your ability to have sustained energy all day long. People who skip breakfast are over 4 times more likely to be obese! Grab a piece of toast with almond butter, some scrambled eggs, or a fast smoothie.
4. Drink Enough Water
Drinking water is important for much of your bodies functions, but it does also seem to be involved in keeping your metabolism at a good pace. Researchers believe that it could be due to the energy needed to bring the water to body temp. Regardless, at least 6-8 cups a day is what your body needs.
5. Skip the Second Boozy Drink
When you drink cocktails, wine, or beer with your meal your body burns off energy from that drink rather than from the food you eat. At the very least, try to stick with one drink and skip the second.